Open Research: reading notes

I recently finished reading one of the OER Hub‘s publications: the Open Research textbook.

The book is based on content and activity from a P2PU course called Open Research that ran in 2014 and 2015. It’s organized into five chapters that consist of content, a few activities to get you thinking about how to apply the concepts and ideas, and commentary. The commentary sections summarized thoughts from the course participants, and was a beautiful way to honor their voices and participation.

Below are my notes – mostly for my own reference when I embark on future open research projects of my own and hopefully with collaborators.

Open Research

  • variety of ways to define open
  • openness in many contexts
  • School of Open: P2P University offers more classes in this area
    • difference between authorship and ownership

Ethics in the open

  • overview of ethical considerations when working with (human) research participants
  • considerations for researchers not affiliated with an institution that has an IRB/ethical review board
    • apply basic principles of avoiding harm, ensuring consent is informed, and respecting privacy and people
  • develop your own moral compass: particularly crucial for researchers working in the open [education, etc] space

Open dissemination

Reflecting in the open

  • reflection is a huge part of research! can take the form of blog posts or a research journal
    • for the purpose of this book, emphasis is on the former
  • audio, text, and video reflections from researchers who blog in the open about their work
  • I have many articles saved from the researchers featured in this chapter 🙂

Final thoughts

  • #openresearch
  • join GO-GN!

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